List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1874, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O. p. 20.
Cf. Michael Padgett, J. A Chalcedony Statuette of Herakles. In: Record of the Art Museum Princeton University, 54. 1995. pp. 3-22.
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Statuette of a seated infant, chalcedony, on a bloodstone pedestal; Italy, 100 BC-200 CE
Width: 24.5 mm, Height: 32 mm Statuette only, Height: 55 mm Column and statuette together
Bought from John Webb (1799-1880). Webb was a London dealer and collector who had a long and mutually fruitful relationship with the Museum. He advised on valuations and acted as agent on behalf of the Museum. From the 1850s until the late 1870s he sold numbers of highly important objects to the Museum, many of which are now among the 'star' objects of the collections. In 1867 he lent the Museum a large number of objects, including the present one (Loan no. 106), from his stock, charging a rental of 5% of their estimated value. Most of these objects had been purchased by the Museum by 1873, and 11 were gem-engravings acquired for what is now the Sculpture collection. On his death Webb left money to the Museum in the form of a trust fund to be used for the purchase of objects.Ex Webb Collection
Statuette of a naked seated infant. Translucent and pale brownish-grey chalcedony. The figure sits with its legs bent, the left one drawn up and lying out to the side. Its face is tilted up and back slightly, and its arms are raised, its right hand touching the side of its head. There is a band around its short, curly hair. The left arm is damaged and has substantial losses.